John Oliver on Net Neutrality: Tell Congress Defend Net Neutrality Not Cable Giants


Brilliant commentary from John Oliver on the importance of “taking action” to defend Net Neutrality. Remember, this is YOUR internet, and NOW is the time to DEFEND your right to an equal playing field. Now, more than ever, petitions are making a great impact in the public arena on issues that matter. Why? Because people like you and me are standing in our power by taking action and proclaiming “I DO NOT CONSENT” to issues that negatively impact our lives and the environment. Public officials see the writing on the wall – pitchforks and torches – and they’re “beginning” to listen to our concerns. So lets keep the heat on, will you join me in taking against to defend Net Neutrality? Please contact Senator’s and Congressional Rep’s in your area with your concerns, share this post and/or start your own campaign here. Mahalo for caring and sharing {~A~}

Dear Senators and Representatives:

There is no doubt that the public wants real Net Neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission..

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Now that the FCC has voted for net net neutrality we need Congress to stand strong and defend this decision. Need a little background on the issue? Watch John Oliver’s great segment on it.

Cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds, but they’re doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren’t covering it.
John Oliver explains the controversy and lets viewers know how they can voice their displeasure to the FCC.

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ZeroHedge ~ China Just Sided With Russia Over The Ukraine Conflict


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When it comes to the Ukraine proxy war, which started in earnest just about one year ago with the violent coup that overthrew then president Yanukovich and replaced him with a local pro-US oligarch, there has been no ambiguity who the key actors were: on the left, we had the west, personified by the US, the European Union, and NATO in general; while on the right we had Russia. In fact, if there was any confusion, it was about the role of that other “elephant in the room” – China.

To be sure, a question few asked throughout the Ukraine civil war is just whose side is China leaning toward. After all the precarious balance of power between NATO and Russia had resulted in a stalemate in which neither side has an obvious advantage (even as the Ukraine economy died, and its currency hyperinflated, waiting for a clear winner), and the explicit or implicit support of China to either camp would make all the difference in the world, not to mention the world’s most formidable axis.

Today we finally got the answer, and the winner is… this guy:

Xinhua reported that late on Thursday Qu Xing, China’s ambassador to Belgium, was quoted as blaming competition between Russia and the West for the Ukraine crisis, urging Western powers to “abandon the zero-sum mentality” with Russia.

Cited by Reuters, Xing said that Western powers should take into consideration Russia’s legitimate security concerns over Ukraine.

Reuters’ assessment of Xing speech: “an unusually frank and open display of support for Moscow’s position in the crisis.

At least it is not a warning to the US to back off or else. Yet.

Speaking in very clear and explicit language, something diplomats are not used to doing, the Chinese ambassador said the “nature and root cause” of the crisis was the “game” between Russia and Western powers, including the United States and the European Union.

He said external intervention by different powers accelerated the crisis and warned that Moscow would feel it was being treated unfairly if the West did not change its approach.

“The West should abandon the zero-sum mentality, and take the real security concerns of Russia into consideration,” Qu was quoted as saying.

His comments were an unusually public show of understanding from China for the Russian position. China and Russia see eye-to-eye on many international diplomatic issues but Beijing has generally not been so willing to back Russia over Ukraine.

As noted above, China has long been very cautious not to be drawn into the struggle between Russia and the West over Ukraine’s future, not wanting to alienate a key ally. And yet, something changed overnight, with this very clear language, warning some could say, that China will no longer tolerate Pax Americana, and even the mere assumption of a unipolar western world, let alone the reality.

Qu’s comments take place just as talks between the United States and its European allies over harsher sanctions against Moscow.

On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Western powers of trying to dominate and impose their ideology on the rest of world. The United States and European delegations slammed Moscow for supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Qu said Washington’s involvement in Ukraine could “become a distraction in its foreign policy”.

And then, Qu’s slap in the face of Obama: “The United States is unwilling to see its presence in any part of the world being weakened, but the fact is its resources are limited, and it will be to some extent hard work to sustain its influence in external affairs.

Especially if and when China decides to send a few peacekeepers of its own into Ukraine. You know – just to make sure US influence in external affairs isn’t “sustained” too much.

Ed. Note: Checkmate. Betcha things in the Ukraine cool down rapidly…

In “Paranormal” Europe, Banks Will Pay You To Borrow, And Charge You To Save


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A month ago, we wrote about a bizarre situation involving Denmark’s now totally broken monetary system, where as a result of an unprecedented scramble to weaken the currency in order to preserve the peg to the Euro the central bank unleashed a historic rate-cutting scramble, where in 4 consecutive rate cuts its pushed the interest rate to an unheard of -0.75% (while at the same time being the first modern central bank to unveil what we dubbed “Bizarro Backdoor QE“). The culmination of this series of events was the surreal realization by some debtors that the bank would now pay them the interest on their new or existing mortgage.

The insanity was only compounded when one considers that in the vast majority of European countries, depositors are already (or will soon) pay for the “privilege” of providing banks with unsecured funds (in the US, JPM recently also started charging some customers - mostly corporate and hedge funds- for holding their deposits).

In short, this is what Europe has become: savers - those who diligently put away the fruits of their labor – are now forced to pay, using banks as an intermediary, and subsidize the the debtor: spenders, who live beyond their means, and who in increasingly more frequent situations are now paid to take out even more debt! Call it monetary socialism.

Which is probably why with a one month delay, none other than the NYT decided to cover precisely this topic with “In Europe, Bond Yields and Interest Rates Go Through the Looking Glass

Here is the story in a nutshell, shown with pictures so even central bank idiots and other economist PhDs will get it:

A Denmark bank will pay Eva Christiansen, left, $1 a month for taking out a loan. Ida Mottelson’s bank will charge her to hold her money:

The key highlights from the NYT story:

At first, Eva Christiansen barely noticed the number. Her bank called to say that Ms. Christiansen, a 36-year-old entrepreneur here, had been approved for a small business loan. She whooped. She danced. A friend took pictures.

“I think I was so happy I got the loan, I didn’t hear everything he said,” she recalled.

And then she was told again about her interest rate. It was -0.0172 percent — less than zero. While there would be fees to pay, the bank would also pay interest to her.

* * *

… some corporate bonds, which are generally deemed less creditworthy than government bonds, are falling into the negative territory, including some issued by Nestlé and Novartis, a Swiss pharmaceutical company. While they did not initially have negative yields, investors bid up their prices after they were issued. “This is obviously a once-in-a-lifetime and once-in-history phenomenon,” said Heather L. Loomis, a managing director at JPMorgan Private Bank, who specializes in bonds, “and it is hard to make sense of it.”

Ms. Christiansen, a sex therapist, took out a loan to finance a website called LoveShack that is part matchmaking site, part social network. For her, the full novelty of her loan didn’t sink in until a spokeswoman for the bank called her back.

“She said, ‘Hi, Eva, they have contacted us from TV 2’ — it’s a big station in Denmark, one of the biggest — ‘and they would like to talk to you because of this loan,’” Ms. Christiansen said. “Then I was really like, ‘O.K., this is big.’”

She said she was generally aware of what the Danish central bank was doing, but fuzzy on the specifics and had not paid close attention to the issue until she realized she might be asked about it in front of a camera.

“When I was contacted by the television, I was like, ‘O.K., I need to know something,’” she said, laughing, during an interview at her office, where two distant windmills were visible outside the windows. “So I actually called my bank adviser and said, ‘Can we please have a meeting?’ Because all these financial terms, I’m not used to them,” she said. “If I talk about something, I’d like to know something about it.”

* * *

Some other Danes are facing a related, if somewhat opposite, issue.

Last month, Ida Mottelson, a 27-year-old student, received an email from her bank telling her that it would start charging her one-half of 1 percent to hold her money. “At first I thought I had misunderstood this, but I hadn’t,” she said.

Ms. Mottelson is studying for a master’s degree in health sciences, and lives in Odense, a city about 100 miles west of Copenhagen. She said she had been following the news about the central bank, but called her own bank just to make sure she was reading the email correctly.

“I asked him supernaïvely, ‘Can you explain this to me?’ And he tried, but I got the feeling he was like, come on, just move the money and you’ll be fine.”

She does plan to move her money to another bank. “I’m not an expert,” Ms. Mottelson said, “but to me it sounds so weird that you have to pay to have your account at a bank.”

You are right, Ms. Mottelson: it is. And it will only get much weirder from here. Because we have now gotten so far past the looking glass into a world in which the central banks have broken every correlation and logical relationship so profoundly, that nothing makes sense any more; whoever, before the now inevitable grand reset when everything finally collapses under the unsustainable weight of the global house of cards, things will only going get even stranger.

And while we have been lamenting all of this years in advance, all of which we predicted would happen back in June 2012, we are delighted that even the mainstream media has once again, with the usual two to three year delay, caught up with what Zero Hedge readers knew long, long ago.

These are strange times for European borrowers, as if a wormhole has opened up to a parallel universe where the usual rules of financial gravity are suspended. Investors lent Germany nearly $4 billion this week, knowing they would not be fully repaid. Bonds issued by the Swiss candy maker Nestlé recently traded in the market for more than they will ever be worth.

Consumers loans and mortgages with interest rates that are outright negative remain rare, and Ms. Christiansen appears to be one of the few who actually received one while banks mull how to proceed. Some other Danes are getting charged to park their money in their bank accounts.

* * *

Such paranormal financial episodes are taking place all across Europe.

Indeed, call it the new “paranormal”, and thank the central-planners for bringing the world to the edge, and beyond, of reason, where nothing makes sense any more. But don’t worry, because this time it’s different, and there will be a happy ending for everyone involved…

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-27/paranormal-europe-banks-will-pay-you-borrow-and-charge-you-save

Islamic State fighters smash historic statues in Iraq


 

International Editor

It looks terrible – vandals of the Islamic State attacking ancient Assyrian statues with sledge-hammers.

Nineveh, on the site of modern day Mosul, was the capital of the Assyrian empire that lasted nineteen centuries from 2500 to 605 BC.

But, according to archaeologists, most if not all the statues in the Mosul museum are replicas not originals. The reason they crumble so easily is that they’re made of plaster.

“You can see iron bars inside,” pointed out Mark Altaweel of the Institute of Archaeology at University College, London, as we watched the video together. “The originals don’t have iron bars.”

According to Eleanor Robson, chair of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, the majority of original statues have been taken to the Baghdad Museum for safe-keeping.

‘The winged bull’

Nonetheless, the stone winged bull you can see being destroyed is an original, probably one at the gates to Nineveh, dating back to the seventh century.

“I think the Winged Bull is very important locally, because it’s one of the few objects that hasn’t left the country or gone to Baghdad,” said Dr Robson.

The demolition squad of the Islamic State are following in the tradition of the Taliban who blew up the Buddhas at Bamyan, in Afghanistan, and the Malian jihadi group Ansar al Dine which destroyed mud tombs and ancient Islamic manuscripts in Timbuktu.

They quote suras from the Koran that they say demand the destruction of idols and icons. But iconoclasm isn’t just a Salafi Islamic idea. In the 17th Century, puritans, under the rule of Oliver Cromwell, destroyed Catholic holy objects and art in Britain.

“We pulled down two mighty great angells, with wings, and divers other angells . . . and about a hundred chirubims and angells,” wrote William Dowsing, Cromwell’s chief wrecker, after leading his henchmen into Peterhouse college chapel in Cambridge in December 1643.

Countless works of art were lost to history. But such vandalism doesn’t just destroy objects. It’s also an attempt to deny people their sense of self.

“What ISIS does by destroying cultural sites is fundamentally to undermine people’s hope,” said Dr Robson. “It undermines the cohesion that holds communities and societies together. That’s why it’s so damaging and so hard.”

http://www.channel4.com/news/islamic-state-fighters-smash-historic-statues-in-iraq

Ed. Note: Just one more attempt by the system of domination and control to destroy history and sense of cultural identity. Same destructive energy’s taking place with sacred sites around the world. The most powerful site here on Kauai recently took a hit too…

Fortunately the U.S. trained ISIS peeps wasted time and energy destroying mostly fake artifacts. At least museum authorities have wised up and are staying one step ahead of Team Dark, they learned their lessons after military invasions from the Bush Clan.

Republican Lawmaker Believes The Vagina And Stomach Are Connected


By Evelyn Chapman in Feminism


Some men are so keen to speak on behalf of women’s bodies, but they sure do know jack-squat about them. This was recently proven by Idaho State Rep. Vito Barbieri during a hearing for a bill prohibiting the prescription of abortion drugs via telemedicine.

Dr. Julie Madsen, speaking on behalf of using web-cams for prescribing drugs, was explaining the pills used in colonoscopies that allow doctors to see its progression through the intestines. This is when Rep. Barbieri asked the not-so-obvious question: “Can this same procedure be done in a pregnancy — swallowing a camera and helping the doctor determine what the situation is with the child?”

Now, he’s no doctor (thank goodness), but I think we could have assumed a man representing significant portion of a state (or anyone) would know that women consist of more than a mouth, a vagina, and one long tube connecting them.

Dr. Madsen, a true master of sass, responded with, “It cannot be done in pregnancy simply because, when you swallow a pill, it would not end up in the vagina.” This got a few laughs from the crowd (which we can only hope were at the expense of Barbieri’s notion of anatomy and not the word ‘vagina’ said aloud). Since then the exchange has been gaining traction on the Internet as one of the dumbest things a Republican Representative has ever said. Is it though? “Shit Republicans Say About Women” could go back as far as the Reagan era.

Remember when Missouri Rep. Todd Akin said “from what [he] understands from Doctors,” pregnancy from rape is “really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” We aren’t sure to which “doctors” he’s referring, but we’re hoping they’re not ours.

In 1988, Deleware County State Rep. Stephen Freind said the odds of a woman getting pregnant from being raped are “one in millions and millions and millions.” (He forgot to say times infinity.) Freind went on to explain that a traumatic experience such as rape causes a woman to “secrete a certain secretion” that tends to kill sperm. Two doctors in Philadelphia specializing in human reproduction thankfully debunked Freind’s claim on the basis of science.

In 1995, Republican Rep. Henry Aldridge told the House Appropriations committee: “The facts show that people who are raped—who are truly raped—the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant.” That’s right folks, juices.

Looking back on the outrageous things important people have said in the name of science is all very amusing, and it’s fun calling them on their bullshit. Keep in mind though, this bill—the one Dr. Julie Madsen was fighting against—was approved by the committee 13-4.

Image c/o Matt Cilley/AP

http://bust.com/republican-lawmaker-believes-the-vagina-and-stomach-are-connected.html#.VPCzwbCEl8Y.facebook

Ed. Note: Enter the zombie apocalypse. I’m speechless (face palm, shake head)

Israel turns off power to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the dead of winter


on February 24, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are cashed strapped this winter because Israel is withholding $240 million in tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority as punishment for joining the ICC. This is radical, though it’s not unusual and something we’ve come to expect. But turning off the electricity in the middle of winter as blizzards sweep across the Middle East is nothing short of sadistic. The Los Angeles Times reports Israel cut the power to more than 700,000 Palestinians in two of Palestine’s largest urban areas, Nablus and Jenin, for more than 45 minutes “and warned that more outages are coming if Palestinian officials don’t pay millions of dollars in outstanding debt.”

Citing Yiftah Ron-Tal, the director of Israel Electric Corp. (IEC), the Times reports:

“Customers who do not pay electric bills are disconnected; yet here we have an entire population that doesn’t pay while we continue to supply electricity,” he said. “The Palestinian Authority owes the IEC — meaning the paying consumers — nearly 2 billion Israeli shekels [about $500 million]. A year has passed since I said this last and nothing has changed. Starting today, we will begin restricting electricity.”

The irony here, of withholding the months of  tax revenue while demanding payment of a debt, on top of occupation policy preventing Palestinians from being self sufficient, is not lost on anyone. More from the Times:

“This is clearly collective punishment against the Palestinian people,” [Ghassan Shakaa, the mayor of Nablus and chairman of the board of the North Electricity Company, which supplies Nablus, Jenin] said. According to Shakaa, the IEC cut power shortly after notifying his company that it owed more than $10 million, and did not wait for an answer or for payment……

Rashid Fadda, who lives in Nablus and works as a technician for the local electric company, said the power cuts came as a surprise.

“We heard the Israeli company threatening to cut power supply to the West Bank but no one really thought it will happen,” he said. “My work depends on electricity and so when the power was cut off, we had to stop work.”

In more winter news, IMEMC reports settlers from the Gilo settlement have “opened its barrages, throwing all excess rain and melted snow water” flooding Aida Refugee camp near Bethlehem.

Hundreds of Palestinians flee as Israel opens dams into Gaza Valley Feb. 22, 2015 (Photo: Ma'an News)

Plus, Israel opened dams near the border of Gaza on Sunday morning, flooding the valley causing hundreds of Palestinians to evacuate their homes. That happened last year too.  Are these kinds of punitive measures something Palestinians have come to expect from Israel every winter like clockwork?

Remember last year when Israel caged Palestinian children in outdoor holding pens during freezing winter storms?

– See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/02/hundreds-thousands-palestinians#sthash.FwZR1Vjr.dpuf

Hawaii Governor Supports Buffer Zones for Pesticide Spraying


Three Senate committees approved a bill to require large agricultural companies to abide by buffer zones for spraying restricted-use pesticides around schools and other sensitive areas.

February 12, 2015·By Anita Hofschneider

Three state Senate committees approved a bill Thursday that would impose stricter regulations on Hawaii’s seed industry, including buffer zones for spraying certain pesticides around schools, watersheds, hospitals and other sensitive areas.

The hearing was only the first step in a long process to becoming law, but Gov. David Ige said Thursday that he supports the idea of creating buffer zones for pesticide spraying.*

“I do believe that the state has an obligation to regulate pesticides,” Ige said. “I think the state needs to be more proactive. I think the state has an obligation to ensure the public health.”

The issue is a major topic of debate this legislative session following years of grassroots activism protesting large seed companies like Monsanto that grow genetically engineered crops year-round in Hawaii. Three counties recently passed bills cracking down on the seed industry, but a federal court ruled in two cases last fall that it’s up to the state to regulate farming.

The governor said he has asked the director of the Department of Agriculture to identify state land that could be used as buffer zones around schools and medical facilities.

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Governor David Ige holds press conference at Capitol.  12 feb 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor David Ige talked to reporters Thursday.

Ige said the state is also working hard to fill empty positions in the DOA’s Pesticide Branch, including jobs for inspectors. The agency has a huge backlog of inspection reports, in part due to understaffing.

“We are moving forward from the executive side in trying to be sensitive to concerns raised,” Ige said.

As Ige spoke, more than 100 employees from seed companies such as Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer waited outside his office in a show of solidarity from the seed industry.

When Ige emerged from the press conference, the group presented the governor with a genetically engineered papaya from Kamiya Gold Farms in Kaneohe.

Bennette Misalucha of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, a trade group, said the seed industry brings its employees to the Capitol every year to remind policy-makers of the importance of agriculture and show them that the corporations are made up of people.

Misalucha said the group wasn’t at the State Capitol to lobby regarding particular bills.

Courtesy of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Gov. David Ige receives a genetically modified papaya from the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, a trade group for seed companies, as employees from companies like Monsanto and Syngenta look on.

“I think it’s just important for the legislators to understand and see the industry,” she said.

Hours later, a crowd gathered to testify on three pesticide-related bills before the Senate committees on health, agriculture and the environment.

Despite the governor’s stated support for buffer zones, the state’s Department of Agriculture Chair Scott Enright criticized Senate Bill 793, which would force agricultural companies that purchase large amounts of restricted-use pesticides to abide by buffer zones around schools and other sensitive areas.

“As written, the bill lacks a science-based assessment of the potential risks referred to and fails to show that the mandatory restrictions it would impose on a certain class of pesticide users is necessary or would achieve the bill’s intended purpose,” Enright wrote in his testimony.

SB 793 also calls for more disclosure about pesticide use. The measure is similar to a bill that Kauai County passed two years ago but was struck down by a federal court. By Thursday afternoon, the proposal had attracted 440 pages of written testimony.

Near the end of the three-hour hearing, lawmakers grilled Enright, along with Thomas Matsuda of the Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Branch.

Senate Health Committee Chairman Josh Green pressed Enright on whether the department needs more manpower and regulations to ensure large agricultural companies are using pesticides safely.

Currently, there is only one pesticide inspector on Kauai, despite persistent claims from many residents that pesticide drift is causing health problems.

“We are relying on the training of the certified applicators,” Enright replied. “We hold them to a higher standard.”

Enright also noted that the department’s budget was cut by about 40 percent during the last economic downturn. The agency is in the process of filling over 100 positions, including two more pesticide inspectors on Kauai.

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Sen. Josh Green in hearing concerning home birthing regulations.  2.10.14 ©PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Health Committee Chairman Josh Green

The Senate committees ended up passing SB 793 with amendments, but Sens. Gil Riviere and Glenn Wakai voted with reservations.

Riviere said he was concerned about the proposal’s selective focus on the seed industry, and Wakai said that he worried the state would get sued if the measure passed.

Supporters of SB 793 included representatives of Planned Parenthood of Hawaii; the early childhood education group Good Beginnings Alliance; the Hawaii chapter of the national activist group Center for Food Safety; the Hawaii chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Hawaii branch of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Opponents included Alexander & Baldwin, a large landowner that leases land to seed companies; Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United; Hawaii Crop Improvement Association; CropLife America and companies including Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and DuPont Pioneer.

Numerous residents from Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island submitted identical letters supporting the bill and calling on lawmakers to hold the seed industry accountable.

The committees also approved Senate Bill 1037, which seeks to create a pesticide disclosure program under the Department of Health.

Green recommended that senators defer Senate Bill 797, which was very similar to SB 793.

SB 793 and SB 1037 now go to the Senate Ways and Means Committee. SB 793 will also need to be heard by the Consumer Protection Committee led by Sen. Rosalyn Baker, who has previously been opposed to bills aimed at regulating the seed industry.

http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/02/hawaii-gov-ige-supports-buffer-zones-for-pesticide-spraying/

Ed. Note: Over the last year I’ve been working as Executive Assistant for Elders with the Kingdom of Hawaii. They’ve told me most of the people they know who are employed by Biotech firms, share residents concerns. But, most biotech employee’s are paid well and need to support their family’s, unfortunately like everywhere else this is a very tight job market where there are few realistic alternatives for employment. The Kingdom currently has projects on the table aimed at providing many, many jobs for the local community; but, funding these projects is the issue we currently face. Once we overcome the funding hurdle, then we can begin tackle issues negatively affecting our community..and, we will.

Marijuana Becomes Legal in Washington, DC at Midnight


The residents of the District voted for it. Congressional Republicans couldn’t stop it. And DC becomes the next locality to free the weed.

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At midnight, it becomes legal to possess, grow, and consume small amounts of marijuana in the nation’s capital. An initiative passed with the support of 70% of DC voters goes into effect.

Republicans efforts to block the law have been to no avail. Congress passed a budget bill that blocked the District from spending money on easing marijuana laws—and that has stopped the District council from moving forward with a bill to tax and regulate marijuana commerce—but that came after voters had already approved the legalization measure, Initiative 71.

After DC officially forwarded the November election result to Congress last month, it had 30 days to act to block the legalization initiative. It failed to do so, and the 30-day period ends today.

District officials, from Mayor Muriel Bowser to Police Chief Cathy Lanier, have signaled that they intend to heed the will of the voters.

“DC residents spoke loud and clear,” Bowser said at an event Tuesday with the council where she and other city leaders vowed to carry out the new law.

The city has even produced a Q & A pamphlet that seeks to clarify exactly what is and is not allowed under Initiative 71.

That is particularly useful because this is legalization with some caveats. Adults 21 and over can possess up to two ounces of pot and grow up to six plants in their homes, of which no more than three can be flowering. They can also give (but not sell) up to an ounce to other adults.

But there is no public consumption allowed, and there is no provision for taxed and regulated marijuana sales. There will be no pot shops in DC—at least for now—although existing dispensaries will continue to operate to serve the medicinal market.

Anyone convicted of smoking or consuming pot in public faces a $500 fine and up to 60 days jail time. Selling marijuana carries a $1,000 fine and six months jail time. And any business that lets patrons use pot could lose its license.

And the DC pot law does not apply on federal property. This is significant because 22% of the District is federal property. If you are caught with marijuana on the Mall or the Jefferson Memorial, for example, you will face federal marijuana charges.

DC now joins Alaska, Colorado, and Washington in having marijuana legalization in effect. In Oregon, where residents also voted to legalize it last November, the new law goes into effect on July 1.

“The sky isn’t going to fall,” said Michael Collins, policy manager for the Drug Policy Alliance national affairs office, which worked closely with the DC Cannabis Campaign, the group that sponsored Initiative 71. “But there will be some confusion about what this means. It’s going to be very similar to other states that have legalized or are in the process. In those states, legalization went into effect and they didn’t have tax and regulate for months, and there wasn’t any chaos. There won’t be any chaos here, either.”

“I feel good,” said long-time legalization activist Adam Eidinger, the driving force behind Initiative 71. “I’ve stopped pinching myself.”

Still, Eidinger said, he had nothing special planned to mark the day. “We’ll plant some seeds, that’s about it,” he said.

He has certainly planted the seed of marijuana legalization in the nation’s capital, but there is more to be done, he said, pointing to the huge racial imbalance in DC pot arrests. Blacks accounted for 91% of all marijuana arrests in the city and were arrested at a rate eight times that of whites.

Anger over the disparate enforcement of the pot laws was key to winning the initiative. Multiple civil rights, faith, and community advocacy groups campaigned for Initiative 71, seeing it as an opportunity to redress racial injustice.

“Marijuana has been effectively legal in the affluent and white parts of the District west of 16th St for years,” said Bill Piper, head of the Drug Policy Alliance’s national office. “All Initiative 71 does is treat the black community the same way – no arrests for minor marijuana violations.”

But without full legalization, Eidinger said, racially-biased enforcement will continue.

“Home cultivation and possession begin to address the racial justice end of this, but that will not be fully addressed until we have in-store sales,” Eidinger said. “We will still have people selling marijuana illegally.”

The experience has also reawakened the DC political gadfly’s long-standing interest in home rule for the District.

“I’ve been very disturbed by the way Congress has been treating residents of the capital,” he said. “The whole effort to overturn the initiative really opened my ears to how once and for all we have to have equal rights as a state. We’re planning a big push for home rule in the spring. That would benefit marijuana, too.”

But as earth-shaking as marijuana legalization in the shadow of the Capitol is, what is equally striking is the inability of Republican conservatives to stop it.

“The big story is not the DC legalized it,” said Collins, “but that the Republicans couldn’t stop this. They had 30 days to review this, they had the opportunity to hold a quick up and down vote, and they chose not to. The Republicans are split on this issue. A lot of them support marijuana reforms, and many more are not interested in being the anti-marijuana party.”

“There is simply no organized, significant group of members of Congress willing to waste time fighting against marijuana legalization, an issue that has become extremely popular with voters everywhere,” added Piper. “The Republican House voted five times last year to let states set their own marijuana policies. And the recent scandal over DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz shows that it is opposition to marijuana reform that is now politically toxic.”

Now, the fight will turn to whether and how the District can move forward with taxation, regulation, and marijuana commerce. While they will be toking up in DC tonight, the battle is only half over.

Phillip Smith is editor of the AlterNet Drug Reporter and author of the Drug War Chronicle.

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/marijuana-legal-washington-dc-midnight?akid=12828.321917.9jfOdw&rd=1&src=newsletter1032447&t=9

Zero Hedge – Ten Banks, Including JPM, Goldman, Deutsche, Barclays, SocGen And UBS, Probed For Gold Rigging


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Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/23/2015
No matter how many times the big banks are caught red-handed manipulating precious metals, some failed former Deutsche Bank prop-trader (you know who you are) will take a vociferous stand based on ad hominem attacks and zero facts that no, what you see in front of you is not precious metal rigging at all but a one-off event that has nothing to do with a criminal banking syndicate hell bent on taking advantage of anyone who is naive and dumb enough to still believe in fair and efficient markets.

The last time this happened was in November when we learned that “UBS Settles Over Gold Rigging, Many More Banks To Follow”, and sure enough many more banks did follow, because in Europe, where the stench of gold market manipulation stretches far beyond merely commercial banks, and rises through the central banks, namely the BOE and ECB, culminating with the Head of Foreign Exchange & Gold at the BIS itself, all such allegations have to be promptly settled or else the discovery that the manipulation cartel in Europe involves absolutely everybody will shock and stun the world, which heretofore was led to believe that such things as gold market (not to be confused with Libor or FX) manipulation only exist in the paranoid delusions of a few tinfoil fringe-blogging lunatics.

However, as usually happens, someone always fails to read the memo that when it comes to gold-market manipulation one must i) find nothing at all incriminating if one is a paid spokesman for the entities doing the manipulation such as former CFTC-sellout Bart Chilton or ii) if one can’t cover it, then one must settle immediately or else the chain of revelations will implication everyone.

This time, that someone is the US Department of Justice, which as the WSJ just reported, is investigating at least 10 major banks for possible rigging of precious-metals markets. The DOJ is shockingly doing so “even though European regulators dropped a similar probe after finding no evidence of wrongdoing, according to people close to the inquiries.” Of course, the reason why said probe was dropped in Europe is because it would have implicated virtually the entire trading desk at the biggest and most important European bank: Deustche Bank, as well as the biggest bank in Switzerland, UBS and UK’s own Barclays, reveal a manipulation cartel rivaling even that of Libor. And once traders at the commercial banks turned sides and squealed for the prosection, well then it would be the central banks’ turn next. Which is why it was imperative to bring this investigation to a quiet end.

But not in the US.

According to the WSJ, “prosecutors in the Justice Department’s antitrust division are scrutinizing the price-setting process for gold, silver, platinum and palladium in London, while the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has opened a civil investigation, these people said. The agencies have made initial requests for information, including a subpoena from the CFTC to HSBC Holdings PLC related to precious-metals trading, the bank said in its annual report Monday.

HSBC also said the Justice Department sought documents related to the antitrust investigation in November. The two probes “are at an early stage,” the bank added, saying it is cooperating with U.S. regulators.

Who is involved in this latest gold-rigging scandal? Why everyone! … which makes it immediately obvious why the European regulator had to promptly cover up the whole affair. Under scrutiny are Bank of Nova Scotia , Barclays PLC, Credit Suisse Group AG , Deutsche Bank AG , Goldman Sachs Group Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Société Générale SA, Standard Bank Group Ltd. and UBS AG , according to one of the people close to the investigation.

Robert Hockett, a law professor at Cornell University, said it is “not particularly surprising” that the Justice Department is plowing ahead despite the decision by European regulators. Recent scrutiny of big banks’ operations in the physical commodities markets and criticism of the Justice Department’s financial-crisis track record make it “quite understandable” that the agency would investigate allegations of precious metals price-rigging.

Last year, the FCA fined Barclays £26 million ($40.2 million) for lax controls after one of its traders allegedly manipulated the gold fix at the expense of a client.

Swiss regulator Finma settled last year allegations of foreign-currency manipulation with UBS. The regulator said it found “serious misconduct” among precious-metals traders at UBS, including “front running,” or trading ahead of, the silver-fix orders of one client. A spokeswoman for UBS, which said at the time that it “instituted significant cultural and compliance changes,” declined further comment.

You mean to say that the banks that were for decades rigging Libor… and FX… and bonds… and stocks… oh, and gold, were let go with a slap on the wrist and a promise to “change their ways” and not to do it again? Yup, that’s exactly right.

So what happens next? Well, we finally will find just how much of a banker-controlled muppet the so-called US attorney general truly is. Recall that a week ago he gave his subordinates 90 days to being cases against individuals for their role in the financial crisis.

Well here is the perfect opportunity. Should Holder let this latest mass criminal ring go without any incarecration, one can officially stick a fork in the US justice system, which is meant for everyone, but the rule-flouting bankers who can clearly get away with absolutely anything.

As for the rigging in the gold market, rigging which begins with the lowliest prop-traders at Deutsche Bank and involves every single central bank and High Frequency trading outfit and is now a proven fact, we have explained over the years and thousands of times just how to end it all, so instead of wasting readers’ time on this topic yet again, here are just two very simple solutions how to fix this one particular market:

@StockCats

all trading in “paper” gold should cease immediately and all contracts be settled in physical for true price discovery
3:53 PM – 24 Feb 2015
@StockCats

audit Fort Knox
4:08 PM – 24 Feb 2015
So simple, even the most corrupt US Attorney General caveman can do it.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-23/ten-banks-including-jpm-goldman-deutsche-barclays-socgen-and-ubs-probed-gold-rigging

Dr. Richard Cordero-ITNJ: US Federal Judiciary is a rogue & secretive organization, 99.82% complaints against Judges are dismissed


Dr. Richard Cordero-ITNJ: US Federal Judiciary is a rogue & secretive organization, 99.82% complaints against Judges are dismissed

By Alfred Lambremont Webre

NewsInsideOut.com

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VANCOUVER, BC – In a February 3, 2015 online Symposium with members of the International Tribunal for Natural Justice (ITNJ), Dr. Richard Cordero, Esq., who holds a Cambridge doctorate and is an expert on the U.S. Judiciary, revealed that the U.S. Judiciary is in fact a Rogue branch of the U.S. Government, unaccountable to any other agency or branch of government, and has become a force unto itself, a secret society that retaliates against any official, office, agency or government branch that attempts to hold it accountable.

Some of the highlights of Dr. Cordero’s educational Symposium include the official statistics of the federal court that point to judges’ wrongdoing in a Judicial Branch that has gone Rogue:

  1.  “The Federal Judiciary holds all its administrative, adjudicative, policy-making, and disciplinary meetings behind closed doors and no press conferences.
  2.   “A single federal judge can hold unconstitutional what 535 members of Congress and the President have debated, voted, and enacted; such power entails the threat to doom the legislative agenda of any party and politician, including the President, that dare exercise constitutional checks and balances on judges, never mind investigate them.
  3.  “In the 225 years since the creation of the Federal Judiciary in 1789, only 8 federal judges have been impeached and removed.
  4.  “Chief circuit judges abuse their statutory self-disciplining authority by dismissing 99.82% of complaints against their peers; with other judges they deny up to 100% of appeals to review such dismissals.
  5.  “Up to 9 of every 10 appeals to the circuit courts are disposed of ad-hoc through no-reason summary orders or opinions so “perfunctory” that they are neither published nor precedential, mere fiats of raw judicial power.
  6. . “Justices are unelected yet life-tenured, as are district and circuit judges; the latter appoint bankruptcy judges for renewable 14-year terms with no consent of representatives of the people. These appointees [who received $37.3 billion in fees] decided in CY2010 who kept or received the $373 billion at stake in only personal bankruptcies. The most insidious corruptor is precisely money!
  7.  “About 95% of those bankruptcies are filed by individuals. Lacking the money to hire lawyers, the great majority of them appear pro se and, lacking the knowledge of the law needed to defend themselves, they fall prey to a bankruptcy fraud scheme run by judges and other bankruptcy and legal systems insiders.
  8. “The overwhelming majority of litigants cannot afford to go up on appeal, whereby the unreviewability of their cases affords judges the opportunity for riskless disregard of the law and due process, and arbitrary decision-making.”
  9.  Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor – – Dr. Cordero proposes “a Watergate-like generalized media investigation of wrongdoing in the Judiciary guided by the query, “What did the President and judges know about Then-Judge Sotomayor’s concealment of assets and other judges’ wrongdoing, and when did they know it?” and aimed at demanding that the President release the FBI vetting report on her. The presentation will be an Emile Zola I accuse!-like denunciation to pioneer judicial unaccountability reporting.”
  10.  Secret NSA/FISA Courts – Dr. Cordero states “The evidence of judges’ wrongdoing will introduce the call for ‘reverse surveillance’ over them by We the People, as opposed to the mass surveillance over the People by the NSA with judges’ rubberstamping approval revealed by Edward Snowden. The presentation can give rise to the formation of a multidisciplinary team of students, professors, journalists, and civil rights advocates to conduct reverse surveillance through a Follow the money! and IT Follow the wire! investigation. The team can organize the first of a series of multimedia conferences to report to the national public its findings and expose judges’ pattern of disregard of the law.

 

 

Dr. Cordero is coordinating with interested news media, journalists, activists and organizations in the area of justice to expose judges’ wrongdoing, and advocate judicial reform.

 

Judicial Discipline Reform

http://judicial-discipline-reform.org

Contact Email: Dr. Richard Cordero can be contacted at: riccordero@verizen.net

International Tribunal for Natural Justice

http://www.itnj.org/

 

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International Tribunal for Natural Justice (ITNJ)

Today we would like to introduce you to the new International Tribunal for Natural Justice (ITNJ) website

The International Tribunal for Natural Justice has been founded by Humanitad Foundation and the New Earth Trust as an independent judicial body purposed to realising natural justice for natural people.

The inaugural seating of the Tribunal will be at Runnymead, England on June 15th 2015 marking the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna-Carta.

Whilst the ITNJ team includes many leading and well-respected judges, lawyers and investigators, if the ITNJ is to fulfil its greatest potential it requires the support of the people of the world.

Please lend your support by ratifying the ITNJ Treaty

The ITNJ is not another kangaroo court operated by disenfranchised or disenchanted people bearing grudges against ‘the system’. Rather, it is a world-class team made up of conscious lovers of pure-truth and natural justice, each committed to serving all people of the world. The ITNJ also invites your participation through its integrated e-governance platform – offering a forum where your voice, and the voices of others, can be heard on issues of international importance. Register here to participate in the e-governance platform.

With love

The New Earth team

www.NewsInsideOut.com

Alfred Lambremont Webre Contact/News Tips:
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James Corbett: “The Lord of the Rings” an Allegory? – Questions For Corbett #020


SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=13704

In this edition of the “Questions For Corbett” series, James tackles your questions on constitutional challenges to the Federal Reserve, the 28 pages and 9/11, Steve Jobs and the New World Order, political interpretations of “The Lord of the Rings” and much more.

Kanaka Express: Interview with Dr. Keanu Sai on Washington Times’ Story on China and the Hawaiian Kingdom


In this interview with host Kale Gumapac, Dr. Keanu Sai provides comment on his recent trip to Switzerland regarding war crimes and the recent newspaper story published in the Washington Free Beacon and the Washington Times titled “Hawaiian Independence Movement Attracts Chinese Interest: Restoration of kingdom could end U.S. military presence” on February 10, 2015.

Graham Hancock Editorial: A Small Religious Sect Is Being Butchered In Iraq And Now Faces Total Disaster


Note: This newsworthy story was found on Graham Hancocks FB page, the following is his editorial on this tragic situation unfolding in northern Iraq. The Yazidi’s of Northern Iraq are facing a barbaric genocide in the war torn region. Quoting from the story below:

“In an impassioned speech Tuesday, Vian Dakheel, a Yazidi member of the Iraqi parliament, took things a step further. Collapsing in tears, she directly said her people were facing “genocide” and would be “butchered” unless ISIS were stopped.”

Here’s the link to the heartbreaking video of Vian’s pleas to Parliament, to add insult to injury watch “male” Parliament members stand by “stone faced” as she cries for help. Hardly one member gave her the dignity of eye contact, the only support came from her own people.

As we seek a unified world, people appear in many parts of the world seem to  be moving further and further apart, each remaining within their own factions and closed off, offering little room for compromise between opposing party’s.

Wishing I had better solutions to offer aside from “please share freely”, but all we can do is spread information like this far and wide in an attempt to reach the sleeping masses for their wake-up call.

Much love and aloha,  Annette

From Graham Hancock:

What the militant Islamic death cult that calls itself “ISIS” is threatening the minority Yazidis of Iraq with is a moral outrage — horrible, disgusting and utterly wrong: http://read.bi/1kLpgrv. See also here: http://bit.ly/1qYFYpZ . The Yazidis practise an ancient dualistic form of spirituality with links to Zoroastrianism and Gnosticism. Though they are by no means perfect — who is? — they are believers in reincarnation (which they describe as the soul “changing its clothes”) and keep alive in the modern world the flame of an ancient mystery. It is utterly appalling and tragic that they should be left without protection in Iraq. Just as many in the West have spoken out in support of the Palestinians of Gaza and protested the persecution that has been inflicted upon them by the State of Israel, so too we cannot simply stand by silent while the Yazidi minority faces genocide at the hands of fanatical Islamists.

Let me, while saying this, make my position clear regarding that monstrous entity that Christians, Muslims and Jews all call “God” — the entity variously known as Yahweh, Jehovah, Allah and other names, who was the god of Abraham and whose worship has filtered down to give shape to the three powerful and closely related monotheistic faiths that we call Christianity, Judaism and Islam today. This entity, whether he is in some sense real or whether he is merely a projection of the imaginations of those who worship “Him” has been responsible down the ages for unbelievable amounts of horror and bloodshed —

e.g. the Jewish conquest of “the Promised Land” (which still continues today in the form of illegal Israeli settlements that are justified in the minds of many by the notion that “God” “gave” all of this land to the Jews, regardless of who has actually been living on it for the past two thousand years);

e.g. Christian persecution and Holy Wars (such as the Crusades) against other forms of spirituality, not to speak of the horrific practice of burning heretics and witches at the stake which Christianity was so addicted to until as late as the eighteenth century. It is noteworthy that the chaos in Iraq today stems directly from the destabilisation that followed the 2003 invasion by Western powers. President George W. Bush spoke of this invasion more than once as a “Crusade”, and Britain’s then prime minister Tony Blair also saw the sending of British troops to Iraq as part of a “Christian battle” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/…/Tony-Blair-believed-God-wanted…).

and e.g. the hideous practice of stoning women to death for adultery, and all the other grotesque abuses of humanity and acts of vile cruelty and intolerance carried out by “ISIS” in the name of Islam (http://america.aljazeera.com/…/18/islamic-state-stoning.html).

The Gnostics, whose spiritual system finds some faint reflections amongst the persecuted Yazidis, saw the god of Abraham, worshiped today by Islamists, Christians and Jews, as the “demiurge” — not a true god at all but a murderous, puffed up, egotistical, jealous, cruel, bullying, arrogant minor supernatural who sought always to crush the divine spark in humanity and prevent us from ever awakening to our true spiritual identity. Evidently the demiurge is still as active as he ever was. It is ironic that fanatical Islamists who bully and murder in his name have adopted the acronym ISIS, which stands for “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (or, variously, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). The irony in this — and the travesty — arises because the goddess Isis was one of the great aeons of the ancient Egyptian pantheon, the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans and the downtrodden, the ideal mother and wife, and the patroness of children, nature and magic.

If humanity is to progress, if we are to find ourselves again, if we are to remember that we are all sisters and brothers, if we are to recognise the spark of true divinity within ourselves, then now more than ever before it is essential that we get “god” out of the equation and leave far behind us the demiurge and his archons — those evil angels envisaged in the gnostic cosmology as disguising themselves as men and mingling with us, driving us to all manner of crimes hostile to the nature of the soul.

 

A Small Religious Sect Is Being Butchered In Iraq And Now Faces Total Disaster

AP60344188843APThis image was made from video taken on Sunday shows Iraqis from the Yazidi community arriving in Irbil in northern Iraq after Islamic militants attacked the towns of Sinjar and Zunmar.

As the militant group called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) battles Iraqi government and Kurdish forces for supremacy of Iraq, the relatively tiny Yazidi community has been left stranded in a humanitarian crisis amid talk of “genocide” against them.

As many as 40,000 civilians, many of whom are Yazidi, are currently trapped on the barren top of Mount Sinjar, humanitarian agencies told The Washington Post on Tuesday. There, the civilians face a grim choice between engaging the ISIS army and starvation or dehydration if they remain.

“There are children dying on the mountain, on the roads,” Marzio Babille, the Iraq representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund, told The Post. “There is no water, there is no vegetation; they are completely cut off and surrounded by Islamic State. It’s a disaster, a total disaster.”

Prince Tahseen Said, “the world leader of the Yazidis,” and other Yazidi leaders have been left begging for help from world leaders.

“I ask for aid and to lend a hand and help the people of Sinjar areas and its affiliates and villages and complexes which are home to the people of the Yazidi religion. I invite [you] to assume [your] humanitarian and nationalistic responsibilities towards them and help them in their plight and the difficult conditions in which they live today,” Said wrote in an appeal to the region’s leaders, as well as Europe, the U.N., and the U.S., according to The New Yorker.

In an impassioned speech Tuesday, Vian Dakheel, a Yazidi member of the Iraqi parliament, took things a step further. Collapsing in tears, she directly said her people were facing “genocide” and would be “butchered” unless ISIS were stopped.

“As we speak there is genocide taking place against the Yazidis,” Dakheel said, according to Bloomberg News. “My people are being slaughtered!”

“Devil Worshippers” Persecuted for Centuries

sinjai Wikimedia Commons/SkitchThe Sinjar section of the Nineveh Province in northern Iraq.

There are only perhaps 200,000 to 300,000 Yazidis worldwide, according to the Encyclopædia Iranica, a collaborative academic project based at Columbia University, and they are overwhelmingly concentrated in northern Iraq. Less than 5,000 Yazidis are in the U.S., the encyclopedia said.

Because of their unique religious practices, which have led to them being called one of “the region’s most enigmatic religious sects,” they are accused by some Muslims and Christians of being “devil worshippers.” However, Encyclopædia Iranica described that label as “erroneous.”

“In the Yazidi worldview, God created the world, which is now in the care of a Heptad of seven Holy Beings, often known as ‘Angels,'” the project said. “Pre-eminent among these is Ṭāʾus-ē Malak or Malak Ṭāʾus, the Peacock Angel, who is equated with Satan by outsiders. Most Yazidis find this identification highly offensive.”

This misunderstanding is partially due to the “Malak Ṭāʾus” figure’s other name, which is similar to the Koran’s word for “Satan,” according to LookLex, another encyclopedia focused on the Middle East region.

“The reason for the Yazidis’ reputation of being devil worshipers is connected to the other name of Malak Ta’us, Shaytan, the same name as the Koran’s for Satan,” the encyclopedia said.

These accusations of devil worship, combined with the powder keg of religious tension in the region, have left the small community of Yazidis in a vulnerable position. ISIS has a particularly brutal policy toward such religious minorities, Theodore Karasik, director of research at the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, told Bloomberg.

“[The militant policy of] either convert or be killed is a very powerful message,” Karasik said. “This group is going to be creating more refugee flows as it moves in different directions within the multi-ethnic structure of Iraq.”

But persecution of the Yazidis goes back centuries. As the Christian Science Monitor noted, the Ottoman Empire is said to have slaughtered hundreds of Yazidis. In the modern era, when the nearby Kurds, Sunnis, and Shiites are engaged in violent conflict after the U.S. largely withdrew its military from Iraq, things have only grown worse for the sect.

“Everyone considers us infidels,” Samir Babasheikh, whose father is the Yazidis’ spiritual leader, told The New York Times. “Sunnis and Shiites are killing each other even though they are both Muslims, so imagine what they will do to us, people from a completely different religion.”

Michigan Republican Official Fatally Shoots Self in Eye While Trying to Adjust Bra Gun Holster


Another tragedy strikes a ‘responsible gun owner.’

It’s now official: a local elected Michigan Republican was accidentally killed while trying to adjust the gun in her bra holster. Though Christina Bond fatally shot herself in the eye on New Year’s Day, it wasn’t until Wednesday that a Public Safety investigation was able to confirm the details surrounding her death.

Bond, age 55, was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and, more recently, a Republican Precinct Delegate for Saint Joseph Charter Precinct 1.

According to St. Joseph Public Safety Director Mark Clapp, who spoke with the Kalamazoo Gazette, Bond “was having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn’t get it to fit the way she wanted it to. She was looking down at it and accidentally discharged the weapon.”

A look at Bond’s Facebook page indicates she was a fan of Fox News and several conservative organizations. She had recently posted a handful of updates expressing opposition to the Ferguson protests (including one in which she responded to a story about an SUV hitting protesters with, “Yep….. Don’t stop…”). She also posted an update questioning whether Obama is American and one in which she asked, “Why hasn’t this man been impeached!! He is an embarrassment to the USA.”

Bra holsters, like the one pictured above, are just one of several conceal-carry items aimed at women. To check out others, click here.

Ed. Note: From my POV, this is another example of someone whose rigid belief systems aren’t compatible with the energy’s embedded in the shifting New Earth paradigm. The density of her vibration boomeranged back on her, culminating in one fatal event. As the new incoming energy’s continue to intensify, we can expect to see more of these scenarios to unfold.  Regardless of how they met their fate, the suicided bankers are another glaring example of how incompatible, dense belief systems are shortening the life spans of people still deeply embedded in the matrix.
Everything boils down to frequency and vibration, those who are not a match for the incoming changes most will be transitioned to worlds where they are an energetic match. Other more hardened souls, the real troublemakers from this realm who won’t concede to The Creator or let go of the control mechanisms, will likely go back to Source to be recycled.
And, so be it. Let it be done.
Much love and aloha! {~A~}

 

DisclosureGate: Former Congress members bribed over Cheney’s secret Mars program


By Jon Kelly

NewsInsideOut.com

Vancouver, BC – In an exclusive interview broadcast live over YouTube on February 8, 2015, Citizen Hearing on Disclosure co-author Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd, responded to comments from CHD funder Tom Clearwater regarding the DisclosureGate report released by NewsInsideOut.com. The report offered whistleblower testimony and evidence of an insider witness to fraudulent actions and a cover-up surrounding the failed Disclosure Petition VII hosted on the White House website. In an official response Tom Clearwater indicated his lack of surprise concerning anomalies surfaced through the report while errantly citing “patterns in Mr. Webre’s life” as key to understanding its origins.

During the interview, former Citizen Hearing on Disclosure board member Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd, clearly illuminated the deep origins of DisclosureGate as emerging from within the U.S. military-industrial-governmental complex and its New World Order overseers, citing both Stephen Bassett and Tom Clearwater as “handymen” in the cover-up of a secret Mars Colony Corporation-based NWO depopulation agenda. Their works reportedly included bribing former members of Congress who heard testimony at the Hearing to silence discourse concerning U.S. activities on Mars and the role there of former U.S. Vice President Richard B. Cheney.

Tom Clearwater’s official response is appended to the original DisclosureGate report. The following is a transcript of Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd’s response to Tom Clearwater and the DisclosureGate report recorded live in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It has been edited for clarity.

“As I understand it, Tom Clearwater, who’s a Vancouver lawyer and philanthropist, who we have actually interviewed (because he’s a very forward-looking mind and innovator), has now issued a statement in which he goes into denial around the irregularities that have come up around the Citizen Hearings Petition, which were the result of a whistleblower coming forth from the Citizen Hearing and approaching NewsInsideOut as a news outlet.

“Mr. Clearwater unfortunately made this an ad hominem about Alfred Webre, who had nothing to do with this, basically. I thought that I would come on the air and make several things very, very clear, because here you have substantial monies; one million dollars. I know for a fact that Mr. Clearwater’s family is outraged at him for having spent his inheritance and their family money on Mr. Bassett’s Citizen Hearing on Disclosure. I would be outraged also because I’m outraged at Mr. Bassett and I so notified Mr. Clearwater.

“Let me give some background. One of my jobs in the 1970s and early eighties was that I was a consultant to the Ford Foundation and its public interest environmental law program. I had to evaluate their programs when they funded the Environmental Defense Fund and the NRDC [Natural Resources Defense Council]. I’m well familiar with the protocols that go into looking at funding proposals. It is highly irregular to look at a funding proposal and to cut out the principals that had developed that funding proposal over time.

“I was a co-founder of the Citizen Hearing along with Mr. Bassett going back to 2005, 2006, 2007 and my name was up on the Internet as a member of the board on the public website. There was a very important reason for that. It wasn’t just Alfred Webre as a person. It was because I represented a whole line of research which had to do with the extraterrestrials on our nearest planet, that has to do with Mars. Now I know of at least eight whistleblowers from top secret U.S. programs on Mars that have come forward.

“This includes Lieutenant Commander Andrew D. Basiago, U.S. Marine Corps Captain Randy Cramer, Special Section and others who have shown that the U.S. has a presence on Mars, probably since the 1960s. We’re already 60 years into the presence there. Randy Cramer has been part of the Mars Defense Force. He spent 17 years in the Polar Regions with the U.S. Marines on peacekeeping and combat missions with the Martian reptilian and the Martian insectoid (mantid) civilizations and knows all about the Mars Colony Corporation.

“In fact, the Mars Colony Corporation contracted with the U.S. Marine Corps and the Mars Defense Force to provide these peacekeeping arrangements for the Mars Colony Corporation. The person who was in charge of the Mars Colony Corporation all these years was one Richard B. Cheney. That’s of extreme importance to the U.S. Congress, to the U.S. Executive, to the public at large and to the news media. Yet when the one million dollars was supposed to be given by attorney, let me emphasize that, attorney Tom Clearwater (and he emphasizes to me that he was at the top of his class). He should know this. It’s called due diligence. An attorney is under a double diligence to give and to ensure that all of the parties in a proposal are represented and that there is no fraud and negligence, which occurred here.

“I’d go beyond negligence. I’d go to fraud because it’s the U.S. Congress that has been defrauded, it’s the public that has been defrauded because the three trillion dollar U.S. program on Mars with Martian extraterrestrials, including the reptilian civilization, the mantid civilization and the Martian human civilization have been kept out of the public record by the nefarious, unlawful (under fiscal law), under breach of trust actions of Stephen Bassett and Tom Clearwater, Attorney at Law.

“Yes, I wish to speak up. I’m providing a total of six articles that go into the evidence behind this. I provided it at the time.

“What Mr. Bassett did was unconscionable. Out of the million dollars Mr. Bassett gave twenty thousand dollar bribes to each of the former congressmen who were there to keep quiet about life on Mars. I contacted each of the former senators and representatives directly on that.

“One of them, the former senator from Alaska had been a former correspondent along with me with PressTV. We had been on panels together and I told him, “You are being defrauded. You’re accepting twenty thousand dollars and you’re withholding the truth about the three trillion dollar U.S. program on Mars, about the extraterrestrials: the mantids, reptilians, the humans, the dramatic exopolitical drama that’s being placed on Mars.” The human Mars Colony Corporation headed up by Dick Cheney that has set up a secret gene pool to allegedly populate the Earth after the New World Order supposedly eliminates or depopulates the current what they call “surface dwellers.” Henry Kissinger has the word “useless eaters” for the surface dwellers.

“That is what Steve Bassett and Tom Clearwater did. They were doing the handiwork of a New World Order cover-up. Fortunately, as they say, they broke themselves against the law again.

“Now whether or not the public will listen to this broadcast and will listen to these facts now that they have broken the law with regard to petitions that are on the White House website, we will see. Mr. Bassett has shown himself to be completely lawless in the past. We will see whether he continues to be completely lawless and continues to cover up the U.S. mission on Mars and all of the extraterrestrial civilizations on Mars for his own convenience.

“Who knows what sort of payoffs Stephen Bassett has gotten for this. And who knows what payoff Tom Clearwater, who is saying, to try and involve me in the cover-up that he used a million dollars of his family’s money, who are now vehemently objecting to his use of that money, for a cover-up.”

Prior Journalistic Investigations of Stephen Bassett by Alfred Lambremont Webre, JD, MEd:

HEARINGS & BASSETT COVERUP OF LIFE ON MARS AND US BASES ON MARS

Is Upcoming “Citizen’s Hearing” an ET Coverup and more? See: http://ufodigest.com/article/upcoming-citizens-hearing-et-coverup-and-more

FROM Andrew D. Basiago “I join all living US chrononauts in urging a boycott of the Citizens’ Hearing. See: http://exopolitics.blogs.com/exopolitics/2013/04/from-andrew-d-basiago-i-join-all-living-us-chrononauts-in-urging-a-boycott-of-the-citizens-hearing-.html

Citizen Hearing intentionally misleads former Sen. Mike Gravel on nature of U.S. relations with extraterrestrials See: http://exopolitics.blogs.com/exopolitics/2013/04/citizen-hearing-intentionally-misleads-former-sen-mike-gravel-on-nature-of-us-relations-with-extrate.html

BASSETT FINANCIALLY UNETHICAL, CUTS OUT CO-FOUNDER OF PROJECT AS PART OF MARS COVERUP

Steve Bassett raises $1 million on proposal for Citizen Hearing co-authored by Alfred Webre, arbitrarily refuses Webre opportunity to testify on 1977 Carter White House ET Study See: http://exopolitics.blogs.com/exopolitics/2012/11/steve-bassett-arises-1-million-on-proposal-for-citizen-hearing-co-authored-by-alfred-webre-arbitrari.html

BASSETT & OTHERS MIND CONTROLLED

Bassett, Huneeus and Greer’s Brain-Mind Entrainment by Manipulatory Extraterrestrials See: http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vida_alien/alien_humanitymanipulationalien53.htm

UFO/ET Citizen Hearing Director/Witness Stephen Bassett’s Anomalous Eye Movements See: http://one-vibration.com/video/ufo-et-citizen-hearing-director-witness-stephen-bassett-s?xg_source=activity#.VNffSsYfksc

Recommended Reading

DisclosureGate: Activist cites ethical breaches, cover-up, withdraws Petition/CHD support

Roundtable: Pleiadian nuke destroyed Mars ecology? Cheney ran Mars Colony Corporation

Marine Corps: Plan to replace humanity with Mars elite DNA colony

MH370: CIA front Inmarsat’s SIGNINT Iran nuclear missile secrets revealed

Cheney’s ‘Kiss of Shame’: A satanic torture conspiracy revealed

 

http://newsinsideout.com/2015/02/disclosuregate-former-congress-members-bribed-cheneys-secret-mars-program/


 

Hawaiian Independence Movement Attracts Chinese Interest


Restoration of kingdom could end U.S. military presence.
Honolulu skyline / AP

Honolulu skyline / AP

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February 10, 2015 5:00 am

HONOLULU—China has suggested arming Hawaii’s independence activists in retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and recently threatened to challenge American sovereignty by making legal claims to the Pacific islands as its territory.

Chinese threats to back several groups of Hawaiian independence activists who want to restore the islands’ constitutional monarchy, ousted in a U.S.-backed coup over a century ago, has raised concerns that military facilities on the strategic central Pacific archipelago are threatened at a time when the Obama administration is engaged in a major shift toward Asia as part of its military and diplomatic rebalance.

Michael Pillsbury, a Pentagon consultant and author of the recent book 100 Year Marathon, said Chinese military hawks, known as “ying pai,” told him they are ready to provide arms to Hawaiian independence activists in retaliation for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

“Beijing’s extraordinary sensitivity to American arms sales to Taiwan—even one bullet or a spare tire for a jeep—often provokes angry words,” said Pillsbury who has held talks with 35 Chinese generals in recent years.

“A favorite comparison the ying pai has made to me is ‘How would the Pentagon like it if we provide arms to our friends in Hawaiian independence movement?’” he said. “I was incredulous because I had never heard of such a movement in Hawaii, but, after checking I met a few of them.”

Pillsbury said Chinese backing for the independence movement would be a concern. Some U.S. archival material shows U.S. authorities acted on their own in the 1898 annexation, he said, something Congress later investigated.

Pillsbury’s book, published last week, reveals that Chinese hawks in the military and Communist Party are a key part of a 100-year strategy to vanquish and eventually overtake the United States as the world’s leading power in the coming decades.

Another indicator of Chinese interest in fomenting unrest in Hawaii surfaced in 2012, when then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed Beijing had threatened to assert legal, territorial claims over Hawaii.

Clinton said U.S. ownership of Hawaii came up during talks with the Chinese after she pushed back against Beijing’s destabilizing territorial activities in the South China Sea.

“At one point in one of my long discussions about this, one of my Chinese interlocutors said, ‘Well, we could claim Hawaii,’” she said. “I said, ‘Well, go ahead, and we’ll go to arbitration and prove we own it. That’s what we want you to do.’”

The Hawaii sovereignty movement is made up at least 10 groups that are seeking some form of independence from the United States and the re-establishment of the monarchy ousted in 1893, with the support of the U.S. government and a company of U.S. Marines.

The movement is non-violent and its protests in recent years have been limited to temporary takeovers of government facilities.

Leon Siu, a Hawaiian-born musician who holds the title of foreign minister of the Hawaiian Kingdom, one of the groups seeking independence, says U.S. military facilities on the islands are contrary to the original monarchy’s neutrality.

“First of all we’re not native Hawaiians. We’re Hawaiian nationals and we see our country as a lawful, independent country, and we’re working to restore that,” Siu said in an interview. “The bottom line is we want our country back.”

Hawaiian Kingdom Foreign Minister Leon Sui

Siu said he has met with Chinese government representatives in the past but was unable to discern their motives or level of support for Hawaiian independence. He has been working through international organizations and international legal institutions for the past 10 years to gain recognition of Hawaii as an independent state.

Hawaii was ruled under an internationally neutral constitutional monarchy in the late 1800s. After the 1893 coup, a provisional government and then a Republic of Hawaii preceded formal U.S. annexation as a territory in 1898. Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959. About 1.4 million people live on the eight main islands.

Hawaii today remains one of the Pentagon’s most important strategic military outposts, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, some 2,500 miles from California, and 4,000 miles from Tokyo. It is the central point of the military’s strategy of shifting forces to the Asia Pacific as part of the so-called “rebalance,” designed to counter Chinese bullying in the region.

The Navy’s historic Pearl Harbor Naval Base is home to the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which commands some 27 ships, 1,100 aircraft, and more than 140,000 sailors and civilians based throughout the Asia Pacific.

The Air Force operates nearby Hickam Air Force Base, headquarters of the Pacific Air Force, with 45,000 airmen in the region and 300 warplanes.

The Army’s Schofield Barracks is the headquarters for 80,000 Army troops deployed throughout the Asia Pacific region. The Army, facing sharp budget cuts, has announced plans to cut the number of troops based at Schofield by 16,000 and another 3,800 at nearby Fort Shafter.

The National Security Agency also operates a major electronic eavesdropping post in Hawaii known as “Kunia.”

A defense official said military counterintelligence agencies several years ago conducted routine assessments of the Hawaiian independence movement to determine whether the movement might pose a threat, should its activists turn to violence and threaten U.S. troops.

Siu, of the Hawaiian Kingdom group, said he was told by a Pentagon official several years ago that contingency plans had been drawn up for withdrawing forces from Hawaii in the event of independence. “But I’m sure [the U.S. military] would rather renegotiate” the military bases to keep forces in place, he said.

Pentagon and Pacific Command spokesmen said they were unaware of any such contingency plan. “I’m not aware of any concerns here in the Pentagon for something like this occurring,” said Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright.

On a future U.S. military presence, Siu said Hawaiian nationals believe they should be the ones to determine whether U.S. military bases remain in the country.

A military presence, however, would be contrary to Hawaii’s declared status as a neutral power in 1854.

A new Hawaiian Kingdom government after independence would have to decide the fate of the military facilities.

“I would favor a relationship [in which] the United States would help protect us because of our treaty of friendship, as well as Britain and France and every other nation with whom we have treaties, such as China, Japan,” Siu said.

“More specifically, I would not favor the United States maintaining their military bases here but that’s not my decision,” he added.

Siu says that despite the creation of the U.S. state of Hawaii in 1959, the kingdom remained a lawful entity that includes the entire Hawaii island chain and the remnants of the population at the time of the coup.

Under the 1933 Montevideo Convention, the Hawaii Kingdom meets all the conditions of a sovereign nation, except that it is not conducting international affairs, except on a small scale, he said, noting that his job has been carrying out that mission at the United Nations in New York and Geneva for the past 10 years.

Several international court cases also are challenging what Siu calls the “unlawful occupation” of Hawaii by the United States.

The independence movement was given new life in 1993 under the administration of President Bill Clinton who signed the Apology Resolution recognizing that the United States “apologizes to native Hawaiians on behalf of the people of the United States for the overthrow of the Kingdom of

Hawaii on January 17, 1893, with the participation of agents and citizens of the United States, and the deprivation of the rights of native Hawaiians to self-determination.”

Not surprisingly, both the Hawaiian state government and the federal government dispute the independence activists’ claims. Both have tried to placate the movement by offering to recognize native Hawaiians as an American Indian tribe, with the same level of independence Indian tribes have had within the U.S. system of government.

Siu says the federal government has dismissed the independence claims as “water under the bridge” arguing that because of long U.S. government control that past claims of independence are no longer valid.

“Native Hawaiian people are quite insulted to be grouped as an American Indian tribe and so that has been totally rejected by our people,” he said.

Cindy McMillan, a spokeswoman for Hawaiian Democratic Gov. David Ige, said the governor was unavailable to comment.

Chinese Embassy spokesman Zhu Haiquan said he has never heard any Chinese officials use “such rhetoric as you mentioned.”

“It is either a serious misunderstanding or a rumor with untold intentions,” he said.

China opposes arms sales to Taiwan, Zhu added.

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/hawaiian-independence-movement-attracts-chinese-interest/

Ed. Note: Things are really heating up behind the geopolitical scene on the Hawaiian Restoration movement, this will be very interesting to observe as it plays out. America committed a military coup here, a violent overthrow that the international community watched unfold. Every major nation had treaties with the Kingdom of Hawaii, they saw the crime unfold and have stayed silent for 120 years.

And no, none of the Hawaiian independence groups advocate violence. That’s not the aloha spirit…just more fear porn. 

Angry Residents Wave Pitchforks, Torches In Protest Of Mayor’s Crackdown On Homelessness


Posted: 02/14/2014
 A group of fired-up activists in Portland, Ore., who were tired of seeing homeless people being mistreated staged the kind of protest that will be difficult for the mayor to ignore.

An estimated 4,000 people sleep on the streets of Portland, Ore., on any given night and, since last summer, life has become increasingly difficult for them.

So, a group of protesters descended upon Portland City Hall on Tuesday night carrying pitchforks and torches to “shame the mayor into action,” organizer Jessie Sponberg told The Oregonian.


Portland appears to be gearing up to revive a bill that would allow police to rouse homeless people sitting on sidewalks, The Oregonian reported at the end of last year. In July, Mayor Charlie Hales launched an effort to clear out homeless campsites, according to the Portland Mercury.

Sweeping campsites often exacerbates the situation for people living on the streets because the police discard homeless people’s few possessions, which may include their only warm clothing and blankets, advocates noted in a Change.org petition.

But Hales told The Oregonian in August that he plans on balancing the crackdown on homeless camps with increasing funding for overnight shelters. But he didn’t commit to a spending figure.

“This is not about homelessness,” the mayor told the paper about the anti-camping law. “It’s about lawlessness.”

Hordes of advocates have continued to voice their concerns about the extensive measures, but Film the Police Portland — a grassroots advocacy group — took their protest beyond just handing out petitions.

The group of about 50 protesters set up shop at City Hall on Tuesday, waving pitchforks and torches. They turned the surrounding gardens into a cemetery scene to signify the number of homeless people who have frozen to death, Sponberg wrote on his Facebook page.

portland homelessness

They said they hope their efforts will urge Mayor Hales to stop criminalizing homelessness.

“You know, the cops are out there sweeping out these camps. Destroying the closest thing to a normal life that these people have managed to carve out in this crazy world,” Sponberg wrote. “Throwing everything they have into the garbage. And it’s not that the cops are doing this because they are jerks. They may be jerks, but they get a pass on this one. In this case they are just doing their jobs, following city policy, as per established by Mayor Hales.”

h/t Al Jazeera America

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/14/portland-homelessness-illegal_n_4790205.html

9/11 Eyewitness rare unfiltered amateur footage | What was NOT shown on TV


Note: By now, most of us are well aware that 9/11 was a false-flag event created to lead up to the globalization of war and the police state Americans currently find the country embroiled in. This video which shows how the detonations we’re set-off that brought the twin towers down, was submitted by Karen over the weekend. Mahalo for sharing, have a blessed week everyone {~A}

Published on Aug 26, 2013

one that seems to be hard to find on the net…
share & like, make backups !
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Watch the unveiling of ISIS ($$) from a perspective never seen before.
Watch how two buildings turn to dust in this unfiltered amateur footage
Be amazed by the pyroclastic density current of finely powdered building that swallows up a large chunk of the Big Rotten Apple
Watch news / police choppers shoot crazy lightbeams into a building, creating instant vaporization of said building.
Watch aluminum planes turn steel into finely powdered dust…without burning paper !
Watch amazing new kerosine burn hotter then steel even months after ground zero !
All this and more !
Watch now !
USA ! USA ! USA! USA!

You know you want MORE !

Pravda: Putin Threatens to Release Satellite Evidence of 9/11


SOTN Editor’s Note:
The PRAVDA article posted below is a rather crude translation. However, the content is far too important not to post.  Therefore, we have included the original link from PRAVDA for anyone who wishes to acquire a better translation.
http://www.pravda.ru/news/world/northamerica/usacanada/07-02-2015/1247485-0/
Should anyone produce a professional translation, please feel free to send it to us at: admin@stateofthenation2012.com

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Pravda: US fears Russian publication of satellite photos of the tragedy of 9/11

by Gordon Duff
Veterans Today

Россия обнародует доказательства причастности американского правительства к
 (Editor’s note:  Russian satellite evidence proving the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center using “special weapons” was reviewed by a VT editor while in Moscow.  The article below was forwarded to us for publication in the US and translated from Russian. It is 3 days old, published on February 7, 2015.)
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Moscow (Pravda):  American experts believe that despite the fact that relations between the US and Russia reached the worst point since the Cold War, Putin caused Obama only small troubles so far.  Analysts believe that this “calm before the storm”.  Putin is going to hit once, but he’s going to hit hard. Russia is preparing the release of evidence of the involvement of the US government and intelligence services in the September 11 attacks. In the list of evidence is included the satellite images from 9/11.

Published material can prove the US Government complicity in the 9/11 attacks and the successful manipulation of public opinion. The attack was planned by the US government, but executed by using  proxies, so that an attack on America and the people of the United States looked like an act of aggression of international terrorism.

The motive for deception and murder its own citizens served US oil interests and the Middle Eastern state corporations.

The evidence will be so convincing that it utterly debunks the official 9/11 cover story supported by the US government.

Russia proves that America is no stranger to using false flag terrorism against its citizens in order to achieve a pretext for military intervention in foreign countries. In the case of “the September 11 attacks,” the evidence will be conclusive satellite imagery.

If successful, the consequences of Putin’s tactics would expose the US government’s secret terrorist policies. The government’s credibility will be undermined and should bring about mass protests in the cities leading to an uprising, according to American analysts..

And then, how will the United States look in the world political arena? The validity of America’s position as a leader in the fight against international terrorism will be totally undermined thereby giving immediate advantage to the rogue states and Islamic terrorists.

The actual development of the situation could be much worse, experts warn.

http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=11327

The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever


New data shows that the “vanishing” of polar ice is not the result of runaway global warming

The “vanishing” of polar ice (and the polar bears) has become a poster-child for warmists. Photo: ALAMY

When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming.

This was only the latest of many examples of a practice long recognised by expert observers around the world – one that raises an ever larger question mark over the entire official surface-temperature record.

Following my last article, Homewood checked a swathe of other South American weather stations around the original three. In each case he found the same suspicious one-way “adjustments”. First these were made by the US government’s Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). They were then amplified by two of the main official surface records, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Giss) and the National Climate Data Center (NCDC), which use the warming trends to estimate temperatures across the vast regions of the Earth where no measurements are taken. Yet these are the very records on which scientists and politicians rely for their belief in “global warming”.

Homewood has now turned his attention to the weather stations across much of the Arctic, between Canada (51 degrees W) and the heart of Siberia (87 degrees E). Again, in nearly every case, the same one-way adjustments have been made, to show warming up to 1 degree C or more higher than was indicated by the data that was actually recorded. This has surprised no one more than Traust Jonsson, who was long in charge of climate research for the Iceland met office (and with whom Homewood has been in touch). Jonsson was amazed to see how the new version completely “disappears” Iceland’s “sea ice years” around 1970, when a period of extreme cooling almost devastated his country’s economy.

One of the first examples of these “adjustments” was exposed in 2007 by the statistician Steve McIntyre, when he discovered a paper published in 1987 by James Hansen, the scientist (later turned fanatical climate activist) who for many years ran Giss. Hansen’s original graph showed temperatures in the Arctic as having been much higher around 1940 than at any time since. But as Homewood reveals in his blog post, “Temperature adjustments transform Arctic history”, Giss has turned this upside down. Arctic temperatures from that time have been lowered so much that that they are now dwarfed by those of the past 20 years.

Homewood’s interest in the Arctic is partly because the “vanishing” of its polar ice (and the polar bears) has become such a poster-child for those trying to persuade us that we are threatened by runaway warming. But he chose that particular stretch of the Arctic because it is where ice is affected by warmer water brought in by cyclical shifts in a major Atlantic current – this last peaked at just the time 75 years ago when Arctic ice retreated even further than it has done recently. The ice-melt is not caused by rising global temperatures at all.

Of much more serious significance, however, is the way this wholesale manipulation of the official temperature record – for reasons GHCN and Giss have never plausibly explained – has become the real elephant in the room of the greatest and most costly scare the world has known. This really does begin to look like one of the greatest scientific scandals of all time.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/environment/globalwarming/11395516/The-fiddling-with-temperature-data-is-the-biggest-science-scandal-ever.html

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